Cherry angiomas are also known as Campbell de Morgan spots or senile angiomas. They appear as tiny red spots and can appear on most areas of the body. Sometimes, cherry angiomas appear in isolation, but they can also manifest themselves in groups or clusters.
Cherry angiomas are formed by a collection of tiny blood vessels beneath the skin. They are often slightly raised and the lesions can vary in size from tiny pinpricks to growths with a diameter of up to ¼ inch. Cherry angiomas are not painful and generally cause no problems, although they can bleed if scratched. However, if they are widespread or appear in large numbers on visible areas such as on the face or upper chest, you may want to consider having them removed for aesthetic reasons.
You do not need to see your doctor if you discover that you have cherry angiomas. However, if they begin to change shape or bleed persistently for no apparent reason, it is always advisable to seek medical advice from your doctor or from a dermatologist.
The precise cause of cherry angiomas is not known, but it is thought that they may be hereditary to some extent. Climate, exposure to certain chemicals and pregnancy have also been referenced as possible causes.
Although dark-skinned people do sometimes get cherry angiomas, they are more commonly seen on those with fair skin. The older a person becomes, the more cherry angiomas they are likely to get. Both men and women can get cherry angiomas.
There is no medical reason for you to have cherry angiomas removed. The growths are benign and non-cancerous. They do not cause pain and they are not indicative of other health problems.
However, there are times when cherry angioma removal may be recommended. In some cases, where the cherry angioma is located somewhere on the body where it could be rubbed by clothing so that it bleeds repeatedly, it may be best to have the growth removed. In cases where the proliferation of cherry angiomas is excessive and widespread, the patient may suffer psychological problems, especially if the growths are somewhere obvious such as on the face.
There are a number of cherry angioma removal options that you can carry out by yourself at home, without the need for medical intervention. All these methods involve the topical application of essential oils or dietary supplementation.
Never try to pick off the cherry angioma, squeeze it or otherwise try to remove it manually. This could cause the growth to bleed and will probably allow bacteria to enter your skin, setting up an infection.
There is a school of thought that iodine deficiency can cause cherry angiomas to form. Increasing the amount of iodine in your diet could, therefore, help to prevent the formation of new cherry angiomas and it may also get rid of those that are already present.
If you are unable to obtain these food sources regularly, you can take iodine supplements in the form of tablets and liquids instead. However, before you begin taking iodine supplements, you should check with your doctor, as taking too much iodine can be detrimental to your health.
Apple cider vinegar can be useful in cherry angioma removal.
Simply dip a clean cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and apply it to your cherry angioma. Hold the cotton ball on the angioma for 30 minutes – lightly taping it with a Band-Aid saves you having to hold it in place. Repeat this process daily until the cherry angioma begins to disappear.
Tea tree oil can be an effective tool that you can use for cherry angioma removal. Tea tree oil is used topically in a similar way to apple cider vinegar, although you need to mix it with olive oil in the ratio 1 part tea tree oil to 2 parts olive oil. If you prefer, you can substitute the olive oil for coconut oil.
Soak a clean cotton ball in the oil mixture and apply it to the cherry angioma once daily for 30 minutes or so, until the angioma disappears.
Naturasil is a cherry angioma-specific product that is made up of a combination of natural oils. It is designed to gradually remove newer growths but it is not totally effective on older cherry angiomas.
You apply the product daily for a number of weeks or months to achieve good results.
If you prefer a quick-fix cherry angioma removal method, you may decide to take the medical route. There are a number of successfully used techniques for removing cherry angioma growths that will be carried out by your doctor or by a dermatologist.
Excision is a common method of cherry angioma removal that is also used to remove moles and skin cysts.
This procedure involves cutting the cherry angioma off the skin via a shave excision. You will be given a local anesthetic before the procedure so that you will not feel any pain. Healing is quick and relatively painless.
Cryotherapy is another popular method of cherry angioma removal. This method involves freezing the cherry angioma with liquid nitrogen. Cryotherapy is also used to remove common warts. Although there are products that can be used for home treatment, this method of cherry angioma removal is best carried out by a doctor or dermatology specialist. Do NOT use home wart freezing treatments to try to treat cherry angiomas.
A topical numbing agent is used prior to the application of the freezing agent to the cherry angioma, so you will not feel any pain. Because this cherry angioma removal technique is totally non-invasive, you will not run the risk of infection that can be a problem with other methods.
Electrocautery is the opposite method of cryotherapy. This technique for cherry angioma removal involves burning away the growth with a small, pen-like probe that directs an electrical current to the treatment site.
Electrocautery procedures are carried out by a doctor or dermatologist under local anesthetic that is given by injection or via a topical cream. The procedure and recovery is usually quick and painless.
Laser surgery is a similar procedure to electrocautery and uses heat to remove the cherry angioma.
The procedure is carried out by a dermatologist or doctor, using a special tool called a pulsed-dye laser (PDL). The PDL is used to direct a concentrated beam of yellow laser light at the cherry angioma. The laser generates heat, effectively burning off the growth and cauterizing the site so that it doesn’t bleed. This method is quick and relatively painless, although it does cause a small amount of localized bruising. You will also need more than one treatment to remove the cherry angioma completely.
Alternative cherry angioma removal strategy
If your cherry angioma is not especially troublesome, but you would nonetheless prefer that it is not visible, you could use a cover-up strategy, rather than taking the removal route.
A standard make-up spot concealer won’t be totally effective in covering up redness so it’s better to choose a product that is specifically designed for this purpose. You may find that concealer that is designed to be used for covering up rosacea and acne will work well, as will a green concealer.